Outer Banks April is Certainly Beginning Like a Lion

Outer Banks April is certainly beginning like a lion with the weather but also with all the great events and activities! Don’t miss all the great fun this week on the Outer Banks!!!!


19TH ANNUAL MOLLIE FEARING MEMORIAL ART SHOW – CALL FOR ENTRIES –  The Dare County Arts Council (DCAC) has announced a Call for Entries for the 19th Annual Mollie Fearing Memorial Art Show. The annual “Mollies” features an eclectic mix of artwork, which will be on display at the DCAC Gallery in downtown Manteo, May 1-31. Artists wishing to participate in this year’s exhibition can find a prospectus online at www.darearts.org and at the DCAC Gallery – 300 Queen Elizabeth Ave. Manteo, NC.

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – “NC Parks at 100” – April 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – One-hour video that commemorates North Carolina’s wonderful parks system, its history and people during our Centennial celebration.  See the beauty and charm our state parks have to offer!  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

RedWolfDadchewingonpupearRED WOLF HOWLING – April 9th – 7:00 – 8:30 pm – Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge – FREE! – Refuge staff and volunteers offer you the experience of a lifetime! Come and learn about the endangered red wolf during a short presentation and journey to the heart of the refuge for an adventurous attempt to hear our captive red wolves produce their haunting sounds. The program will occur except when there is lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. Co-sponsored by the Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society. Meet at Creef Cut Wildlife Trail parking lot (Milltail Road and HWY 64 west of Manns Harbor) NO RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/2015%20Interpretive%20Programs%20Final.pdf

SKY BLUE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Mojo Collins – April 8th – 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Real Water Sports, Waves – A great family-friendly atmosphere. All shows are FREE unless otherwise noted. Sponsored Outer Beaches Realty along with other great sponsors.

PEPPERCORNS RESTAURANT AT THE RAMADA PLAZA NAGS HEAD PRESENTS – The Wilder Brothers – April 8th – 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills – Locals and visitors alike love dinner at Peppercorn’s and the live music in the lounge!  http://www.ramadaplazanagshead.com/dining-en.html

croatan highwayKELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Croatan Highway – April 8th – 8:00 pm – 11:55 pm – Nags Head – Enjoy this great local band playing until midnight. The dance to the DJ from 12 until 1:45 a.m. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

PEPPERCORNS RESTAURANT AT THE RAMADA PLAZA NAGS HEAD PRESENTS – Brent Nultemeier of SoulOne – April 9th – 7:00 – 10:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills – Locals and visitors alike love dinner at Peppercorn’s and the live music in the lounge!  http://www.ramadaplazanagshead.com/dining-en.html

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN PRESENTS – Machine Gun – April 9th – 10:00 pm – 1:00 am – Nags Head – Machine Gun is one of the best cover bands from the Wilmington area. Period. They cover songs of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The secret of their success is their enthusiasm toward pleasing the audience night after night. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

Image Courtesy of NPS - Skeeter Sawyer

Image Courtesy of NPS – Skeeter Sawyer

ALLIGATOR RIVER AND PEA ISLAND NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE – Saturday Tram Tour – April 11th – 9:00 am – noon – Meet at Creef Cut Trail parking lot (Milltail Road and HWY 64 west of Manns Harbor) – Take a trip around the refuge and learn about the wild lands and wildlife. Bring your binoculars and camera! Drinking water and insect repellent are also recommended. Dress for the weather! Tram seating is limited so please register ahead of time and pay $10 per person. Children 12 and under are free with one paying adult. Unreserved seats will be filled at no charge first-come/first-served the morning of the tour. The program will occur except with lightning, heavy wind or rain, or impassable road conditions. http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/2015%20Interpretive%20Programs%20Final.pdf

SKY BLUE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Coty Badge – April 11th – 6:00 – 10:00 pm – Real Water Sports, Waves – A great family-friendly atmosphere. All shows are FREE unless otherwise noted. Sponsored Outer Beaches Realty along with other great sponsors.

OUTER BANKS HOSPITAL – Cancer Transitions: Moving Beyond Treatment (A Four Session Series) – April 12th – 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Outer Banks Hospital Education Suite, Medical Office Building, Nags Head – The Cancer Transitions program is for patients who have completed cancer treatment. The four sessions will address many of the physical, psychosocial and practical issues that patients and loved ones may face once cancer treatment is over. Each Session includes a light, healthy dinner, and patients are encouraged to bring one caregiver. Cal 252-449-4554 to register.


JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – From Landmark to State Park – April 15th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – Mariners and travelers from across the world have used the unusual features of the Outer Banks to guide them along the coast.  Join park staff to discover some of their secrets.  Approx. 30 mins.  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

fish heads deckFISH HEADS GRILL GRAND RE-OPENING – April 15th – Who is ready for long summer nights on the BEST local hangout on the Outer Banks? The web cam is back on at Fish Heads. Check it out!!! The Outer Banks Fishing Pier is now open for fishing, so come out and wet a line. http://www.fishheadsobx.com/

WOOFSTOCK-LOGO-2016WOOFSTOCK 2016 – April 16th – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo – Let the dogs out for our second annual tail-wagging’ happy affair! Features local fur-loving exhibitors and activities for your entire family with contests (and first place prizes) for your dog. There will be live music, a dog photographer and concessions available for both dogs and humans. Standard admission for members, non-members and canine visitors applies. For more information: http://elizabethangardens.org/events/woofstock-2017/

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY – April 16th – 3:00 pm – Wright Brothers Memorial, Kill Devil Hills – The NPS is partnering with the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service for this event as well as local and statewide schools so that students can watch and learn about the process of becoming an American citizen. The partnership helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation’s most significant natural and cultural resources. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for the ceremonies. The public is welcome to attend and join in the joy of these new citizens.

flying pirate 2016FLYING PIRATE HALF MARATHON, FIRST FLIGHT 5K & DOUBLE DARE CHALLENGE – April 16th & 17th – This pirate-themed half marathon is a lot of fun! The course winds its way through the natural beauty that is North Carolina’s Outer Banks.  Beginning in Kitty Hawk the course heads into Nags Head, along the Albemarle Sound, around the Wright Brothers National Memorial, and through the Nags Head Woods Maritime Forest. Finish with a Pirate Jamboree in Nags Head! The First Flight 5k is SOLD OUT! And the Double Dare Challenge (run the 5k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday) is almost sold out. www.flyingpiratehalfmarathon.com

FREE ENTRANCE DAYS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS – WRIGHT BROTHERS NATIONAL MEMORIAL – April 16th – 24th – The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in 2016, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. The fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

14th ANNUAL OUTER BANKS BIKE WEEK – April 16th – 24th – Join in another year of great activities, live music, special rides, vendors galore, and so much more! OBX Harley-Davidson and Nags Head Harley-Davidson are your hosts and have activities scheduled at their locations all week.

FISH HEADS BAR & GRILL PRESENTS – Jeremy Russell – April 16th – 5:00 pm – Outer Banks Fishing Pier, Nags Head – Enjoy live music, great food, a huge variety of beer on tap, and one of the best views on the Outer Banks! http://www.fishheadsobx.com/music-calendar.html

FIRST COLONY FOUNDATION ARCHEOLOGICAL DIG: “PROJECT DOGWOOD” – April 17th – 23rd – Roanoke Island – The First Colony Foundation is planning an archeological dig in honor of the Centennial and the 75th anniversary of Fort Raleigh National Historical Site. The focus of the dig will be to further investigate the “Ganz Workshop” site adjacent to the earthen fort. This event will help us to gain knowledge about the park which will help to excite and engage new audiences about the Lost Colony.

JOCKEYS RIDGE DAY 1 HIKEJOCKEYS RIDGE STATE PARK – All About the Ridge – April 19th – 10:00 am – Nags Head – Join us for a discussion on the history and interesting characteristics of Jockey’s Ridge. Meets in the auditorium for about 30 minutes. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

Brothers CottageKILL DEVIL HILLS HISTORIC LANDMARKS OPEN HOUSE – April 22nd – 1:00 pm – Kill Devil Hills Town Hall – The self-guided tour of a sampling of the historic homes begings with a reception at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall. Two new 2015 historic home designations – Owen Cottage at 2019 S Virginia Dare Trail and the Young/Croarkin Cottage at 201 Random Street will be honored. Participants will be given a map of the properties and they will have from 2 to 5 p.m. to tour those that are open. Signs will be placed in the yards of those available for touring. The event is free and open to the public. The Historic Landmarks Commission was developed to identify preserve and protect the heritage, history, architecture and culture of the Town of Kill Devil Hills. For more information, call (252) 449-5318 or visit http://www.kdhnc.com/145/Historic-Landmarks-Commission

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Outer Banks Earth Fair – April 23rd – 1:00 – 4:00 pm – Nags Head – Join Jockey’s Ridge State Park, the North Carolina Coastal Federation, and a host of Outer Banks agencies in celebrating Earth Fair 2016. What’s better than one agency celebrating Earth Day? All of us getting together and throwing a party! For more information, contact Justin Barnes at Jockey’s Ridge State Park. (252) 441-7132 http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

SOUTHERN SHORES – Historic Flat Top Cottages Tour – April 23rd – 1:00 -5:00 pm – the Outer Banks Community Foundation is hosting a self-guided tour that includes world-famous “Flat-Top” Cottages in Southern Shores.  Made popular by wildlife artist/developer Frank Stick, most of these beach cottages were built in the 1940’s and 1950’s and have dominated the architecture of Southern Shores. This year’s tour proceeds will once again benefit Flat Top Preservation Fund of the Outer Banks Community Foundation. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 804-399-8342.

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – What’s in a Name? – April 25th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – Do you wonder how Jockey’s Ridge State Park got its name?  How about Bodie Island, Nags Head or Kill Devil Hills?  Learn the legends and facts about how local landmarks and towns got their names.  Approx. 30 mins.  All ages welcome.  Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – Birds of Prey – April 29th – 2:00 pm – Nags Head – Join park staff for a talk on the basic biology of birds of prey.  Learn how their unique adaptations help them catch prey and discover how to identify some of the species in the area.  Approx. 30 min.  All ages welcome. Meet in the auditorium. http://www.ncparks.gov/jockeys-ridge-state-park/events-and-programs

duathlonOUTER BANKS DUALATHLON – A Run Bike Run Event – April 30th – 7:00 am – Nags Head – This is an event for all ages and skill levels. The run course takes you through the quaint ocean side town of South Nags Head, and is set-up against a challenging fast 20 mile ride through the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge which includes the historic Bodie Island Lighthouse and Oregon Inlet. As an added feature the second 5K run, to finish this event, is held on the beach at the newly restored Jennette’s Pier. There is a beach-cruiser division available. Sponsored Brindley Beach, Sun Realty and other great local sponsors.  See more at: http://www.theobxrunningcompany.com/

GIRL SCOUT DAY – April 30th – 9:30 am- 4:30 pm – Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo – Girl Scouts, grades 2-8, will have the opportunity to obtain the Explore Roanoke Island Festival Park Badge. In addition, Girl Scouts can work on the following badges: Brownie Bugs; Girl Scout Brownie Potter; Brownie Fair Play; Junior Play in the Past; Junior Flowers; Cadette New Cuisines; Cadette Trees; Cadette Wood Worker. To register visit www.ebiz.gsccc.org


CAPTAIN GEORGE’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT – FIRST CATCH EVERY SUNDAY!  Only $27.00! From noon to 4:00 pm enjoy their world famous seafood buffet offering over 70 items! (Excluding Mother’s Day and Father’s Day) www.captaingeorges.com

MIKE DIANNA’S GRILL ROOM – Sunday Brunch – Every Sunday – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – You simply cannott beat this great way to enjoy a leisurely brunch. http://www.grillroomobx.com/events

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Sunday – Best Brunch on the Beach! (as voted by the Virginia-Pilot) All Day. http://www.chilli-peppers.com/best-brunch-on-the-beach-2/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Monday – Burger Night – Enjoy handmade burgers with a new specialty burger every week.  https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152941035834714/?type=1&theater

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Shag Night with the OB Shag Club and Ladies Night – Model Search – Every Monday – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – All invited – free to the Public. The purpose of the Outer Banks Shag Club is to promote and preserve Carolina Beach Music and dancing. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Tapas & Wine – Every Tuesday – Enjoy a variety of small plates and excellent wine pairings. Tapas are different every week. https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152943454364714/?type=1&theater

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Loretta’s Line Dancing Classes – Every Tuesday – 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Beach music & line dancing & instruction. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Karaoke with Hambone – Every Tuesday – 8:00 pm – 1:00 am – Come show your talent while singing along to your favorite song. 18 and up. http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

GENTLE CHAIR YOGA – Every Wednesday – 1:15 – 2:15 pm – Outer Banks Hospital Cancer Resource Center – Nags Head – Cancer survivors and those with chronic illness are invited to participate in our gentle chair yoga program at The Outer Banks Hospital. For more information and to register, contact Marie Neilson at 449-4554

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Every Wednesday – Working Women’s Wednesday – 5:30 – 7:30 pm – $15 M&M = Manicure & Martini OR $5 Martini. Games, Gifts and complimentary Appetizer’s. Ladies… celebrate your hard work!!! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

KELLY’S OUTER BANKS RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Every Wednesday – Open Mic Night – 8:00 – 11:00 pm – The Bellhops provide all sound and light needs, musical accompaniment, back-up. All you need is the talent! http://kellysrestaurant.com/events/

CHILLI PEPPERS COASTAL GRILL – Every Thursday – Tapas Night… Flavors from Around the World! – Each Thursday Chilli’s highlights amazing dishes from different international regions. April 7 – Caribbean; April 14 – Cajun Creole; April 21 – People’s Choice; April 28 – Mom’s Cooking; May 5 – Mexican; May 12 – New Menu Preview!

MIKE DIANNA’S GRILL ROOM – Burger Night – Every Thursday – 5:00 – 9:00 pm – Enjoy one of Mike’s superbly flame-grilled burger with a specialty burger every week. http://www.grillroomobx.com/#!events/c250u

BAREFOOT BERNIE’S TROPICAL GRILL & BAR – Every Thursday – Sushi – Chopstick included.  https://www.facebook.com/BarefootBernies/photos/a.410563064713.196919.62204104713/10152932057069714/?type=1&theater


ROANOKE ISLAND FESTIVAL PARK PRESENTS – Dare County High Schools Annual Art Show – April 1st – April 28th (Monday – Friday 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.) – Manteo – The free exhibit, located in the Art Gallery, features works of Manteo, First Flight and Hatteras High Schools. Come enjoy the creativity and promise in our young students. There will be an opening reception April 10th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. For More information, call 252-475-1500. www.roanokeisland.com